Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has said that there is no more automatic promotion for civil servants in the state as promotion will now be based on performance and every worker in the state must justify their promotion.
He made this known when he received members of the Civil Service Commission led by the Chairperson, Princess (Mrs) Ekiuwa Inneh, who were at government house in Benin City on a courtesy visit.
Obaseki said the examination conducted by Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) for level 16 to 17 officers in the Civil Service showed the competency of the workforce.
“We called ASCON to help us conduct examination for our level 16 to 17 officers and the examination was quite revealing and based on it, we made some promotions and asked some others to leave the service and they will be informed as there is no automatic promotion, you have to justify your promotion on an annual basis.”
He said those that have done well in the promotion examination will be rewarded; those who have not, will be trained and given opportunities to improve, while those lagging behind will be asked to go as the era of a permanent job is gone. “If someone scores 13 or 14 per cent in an examination, should such person be asked to stay”?, he asked rhetorically.
Obaseki added that his administration suspended those who decided not to write the exams, stating that they will not be reabsorbed into the system until they write the exams to enable the government determine their level competence.
“Next grade to write the exams include levels 13, 14, 15. We truly want to have a professional Civil Service and once that is achieved, we will then focus on motivation, encouraging the workers to deliver effectively.
He said Edo State government is paying N30 billion naira to public servants every year in the state but not sure if the value she is getting yearly is up to 5 billion.
Obaseki said human resources are the core of any organization and as such should not be taken for granted.
He called on the state civil service to embrace technology which he said has become the inevitable driver of processes in the commission, urging public servants to embrace it.
Earlier, the Chairman of the commission, Princess Inneh congratulated the governor on his victory at the polls and his subsequent victories at the Election Petition Tribunal, Appeal Court and the Supreme Court saying that his election is a reflection of his exceptional contributions towards the development of the state.
She said that the total staff strength of the state civil service as at 31st December, 2015 was 2575, comprising 964 junior staff, 1196 senior staffs, 378 management staff and 34 officers on consolidated salaries. She further categorized the staffs by their sex, with the males at 1528 and females 1047.
“Within the period, 617 officers were promoted, 17 were offered new appointments, 140 had their appointments confirmed, while three officers were absorbed into permanent establishment. Approvals for the retirement of 128 officers were granted within same period and 12 death recorded.
Inneh said the commission is faced with several challenges which include payment of special allowances as recommended; adequate funding; upgrading of the office equipment and furniture and provision of vehicles among others.